Difficulty

Difficult

Duration

9 Days

Highest Altitude

19,553 ft

Age

18 to 55 years

Duration

9 Days

Age

18 to 55 years

Difficulty

Difficult

Highest Altitude

19,553 ft

Kanamo Peak Trek

A High Summit Climb in the Heart of Spiti

There is a certain glamour in a trekkable peak that touches an altitude that most mountaineers climb in. A trekkable peak, after all, does not require any mountaineering skill and can be climbed if you are properly acclimatised. Many trekkers flock to Stok Kangri – around 20,190 ft – for this very hunger for altitude. However, not many people know that there is another, a lesser-known peak that rises to almost the same altitude – the Kanamo Peak (19,600 ft).

The Kanamo Peak looms behind Kibber and Tashi Gang villages, hidden away at the heart of Spiti. This is a region of Spiti that is still untouched by modernity, unperturbed by civilization. Which makes this trek quieter, prettier and an equally challenging alternative to Stok Kangri. Stok Kangri has been unfortunately commercialised.

Now, while Kanamo Peak is a trekkable summit, it is by no means easy. High order of physical fitness is necessary because this trek is an endurance test. It is a relentless climb overscreeand bouldermorainefrom Kanamo base camp to the summit.  And in that altitude, just putting one step ahead is an effort. On the summit day, you not only have to ascend 4,500 ft to the peak, but you also need to descend back to basecamp on the same day. That takes almost 12-14 hours, covering around 10 km of trekking through arduous terrain. This trek is for the strongest, fittest and experienced trekkers.

However, the fruit of this hard and adventurous climb is wondrous. At the summit, you see a view that is something you see out of an airline. Standing at what seems like the top of the world, you see over 35 other summits from Ladakh, Spiti, Kullu and Kinnaur. It is a 360-degree view of equally high mountains.  The Shilla Peak, Kanamo’s sister peak is so close, you can almost reach out and feel it. Standing on top of this summit is a gift.

Kanamo Peak Videos

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Quick Itinerary

A route map of the Kanamo Peak trek

Day 1

Arrive at Manali at any time and rest

Day 2

Drive from Manali to Kaza

Distance: 185 km | Duration: 5-6 hours

Pick up will be at 5.00 AM from Rambagh circle on Mall Road, near Manali bus stand. The exact location at Rambagh circle is the auditorium near the Nehru Statue. Cost of Rs.13,000 for a Sumo (5-6 seater) to be shared among trekkers.

Day 3

Short drive from Kaza to Kibber

Distance: 19 km | Duration: 45 minutes| Altitude Gain: 12,467 ft to 14,108 ft

Day 4

Acclimatisation day at Kibber

Day 5

Trek from Kibber to Kanamo Base Camp

Distance: 5 km | Duration: 6-7 hours | Altitude Gain: 14,108 ft to 15,748 ft

Day 6

Acclimatisation day at Kanamo Base Camp

Day 7

Trek from Kanamo Base Camp to Kanamo Peak and back to Kanamo Base Camp

Duration: 12 hours | Altitude Gain and Loss: 15,748 ft to 19,553 ft, and back to 15,748 ft

Day 8

Trek from Kanamo Base Camp to Kibber

Duration: 5 hours | Altitude Loss: 15,748 ft to 14.108 ft

Day 9

Drive from Kibber to Manal

You are expected to reach Manali around 6 pm. Cost of Rs.13,000 a 5-6 seater vehicle to be shared among trekkers.

IMPORTANT POINTS

- It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo ID for entry at forest check posts on the trek.

- At the base camp, your stay will be arranged in lodges.

- On the trek, you will be staying 3 in a tent.

- We have a cloak room facility at the base camp for excess luggage. Do not leave behind any valuables in the cloak room.

A route map of the Kanamo Peak trek

PRO-TIPS

Day 1

Arrive at Manali at any time and rest

Day 2

Drive from Manali to Kaza

Distance: 185 km | Duration: 5-6 hours

Pick up will be at 5.00 AM from Rambagh circle on Mall Road, near Manali bus stand. The exact location at Rambagh circle is the auditorium near the Nehru Statue. Cost of Rs.13,000 for a Sumo (5-6 seater) to be shared among trekkers.

Day 3

Short drive from Kaza to Kibber

Distance: 19 km | Duration: 45 minutes| Altitude Gain: 12,467 ft to 14,108 ft

Day 4

Acclimatisation day at Kibber

Day 5

Trek from Kibber to Kanamo Base Camp

Distance: 5 km | Duration: 6-7 hours | Altitude Gain: 14,108 ft to 15,748 ft

Day 6

Acclimatisation day at Kanamo Base Camp

Day 7

Trek from Kanamo Base Camp to Kanamo Peak and back to Kanamo Base Camp

Duration: 12 hours | Altitude Gain and Loss: 15,748 ft to 19,553 ft, and back to 15,748 ft

Day 8

Trek from Kanamo Base Camp to Kibber

Duration: 5 hours | Altitude Loss: 15,748 ft to 14.108 ft

Day 9

Drive from Kibber to Manal

You are expected to reach Manali around 6 pm. Cost of Rs.13,000 a 5-6 seater vehicle to be shared among trekkers.

IMPORTANT POINTS

- It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo ID for entry at forest check posts on the trek.

- At the base camp, your stay will be arranged in lodges.

- On the trek, you will be staying 3 in a tent.

- We have a cloak room facility at the base camp for excess luggage. Do not leave behind any valuables in the cloak room.

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Campsites at a Glance

At Indiahikes, we are very particular about choosing terrific campsites. For the Kanamo Peak trek too, after a lot of back and forth, we have settled on these terrific campsites, which trekkers have come to love.

Why I Believe Everyone Must Trek: A Note from the Founder

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Trekking transforms lives. It has changed my life totally. When I see my colleagues at Indiahikes, all of them have been impacted greatly. The transformations have been profound and irreversible. 

I see it in our trekkers too. I have seen them change professions, careers or start a new life. I have seen them get in and out of relationships, start new projects. These are life-changing experiences. 

I have seen children building resilience. I have seen families come together. When I see those above 55, I see them rediscover passion and a sense of purpose. These are not small gains.

In the mountains new professions, new economies and new businesses have opened up. Our staff no longer go to cities to earn their living. Their income has increased. Above all, they are happiest working in this world. Trekking has been truly transformative.  

Everyone must absolutely trek. It transforms lives far more than you imagine. 

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Highlights

Highlights of the Kanamo Peak Trek

1. The summit day

It is not often you will experience an expedition-style summit day like this one. Your day starts at 1 am with a quick breakfast. With three litres of water and packed food, you start off in the darkness.

On a clear day, the stars will light up in the sky.  The trail is such that it is easy to get lost. So you walk in a single line behind each other on this challenging, barren terrain. The sky starts lightening as you hit 18,000 ft. You toil on in the light of the morning along the slippery slope of the mountain. And then the world opens up below you at 9.30 AM. The feeling on top of this summit is indescribable!

2. Key Monastery

Key is the largest monastery in the Spiti Valley region and possibly one of the oldest in the region. Perched on a hilltop, boxes of buildings stacked on top of each other on the mountainside, this monastery is quite a sight! If you are lucky, you will get a tour from a friendly monk and sometimes, a helping of herbal tea.

3. The villages of Spiti

There is a certain charm to the villages of Spiti. You see these whitewashed mud settlements, perched on the stark brown mountainside, overlooking patches of green farmlands. The villages look like people have made houses on a moonland. After the trek, you can tour these villages. Our picks (apart from Kaza and Kibber, which you will already pass through): Hikkim, Chicham, Langza, Komic and Dhankar.

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Know Your Trek

We have always wanted trekkers to be well-informed before they go on a Himalayan trek. Knowledge is the difference between a safe trek and a dangerous one. It’s also the difference between a wholesome experience and a superficial experience.

Use this section to learn about the Kanamo Peak trek. It has in-depth information about each day of the trek, what to expect, and how you need to prepare for it. Many years of expertise have gone into this content. Trekkers find that extremely useful.

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Leaving the Mountains Better

Green Trails is our promise to leave the mountains better. We have removed over 1 lakh kilos of waste left behind by others on trekking trails. Yet this is a small percentage of what we do. Green Trails dives into reducing use of resources, reducing our carbon footprint and bringing about a change in the daily practices of our trekkers too.

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